Monthly Archives: February 2013

Week in Review – 22 February 2013

Library Funding/Resource Update

We are continuing this week to push forward a number of contracts (listed last week) for renewal. We also are moving forward with the some cancellations, as well as seeking alternate funding for two resources. Resources that we are not currently able to acquire/renew are:

  • ICIS Chemical Business Journal
  • Herman Melville’s Typee
  • Faculty of 1000
  • American Institute of Physics Journals (access ending 4 March)
  • USA Today (print)

We are currently looking to renew World at War and ebrary using gift funds. We hope to have those renewals complete in the next few weeks.

Though we have requested funds, we have not received any funding for supplies, interlibrary loan services, or printing. We are slowly beginning to send some ILL materials back to lending libraries through USPS. Using that service is not a long-term solution for shipping.

Website Feedback Sought

If there were three things you could change right now about our web presence, what would those three things be? Our team looking at our site would like to have your input, so please send your ideas to me over the next week. We’re looking for those things (little or big) that you think would significantly improve usability, both for yourself and our users. We received a few good comments this week. We’d love to have you submit some if you have not already. Don’t be shy!

USMA 10-1 Revision for USMA Library

The Academy is reviewing USMA Regulation 10-1 that (among other things) lays out responsibilities for functional units. This was last done in 2005. The text describing the library was significantly out-of-date, and we have been asked to revise it. Below is some reworked text to describe the work of the library and our divisions. Comments and feedback are welcome.

6-10. USMA Library

Mission. The United States Military Academy Library empowers our cadets, faculty, and staff to be leaders of distinction in scholarship and research by providing: teaching and expertise in the discovery and application of scholarly information; access to information supporting the curriculum and independent research; a place to engage with knowledge, ideas, and one another.

Vision. The United States Military Academy Library embraces and advances scholarship and research in a digital world through the development of skills, collections, and tools designed to equip future leaders and scholars for the Army and the nation. We challenge ourselves as information professionals to lead our community forward in adapting to the rapidly changing landscape of scholarship and library service. We build outstanding digital collections in support of the Academy curriculum, enhanced by appropriate local physical collections. We develop innovative and relevant tools to deliver, discover, and disseminate scholarship and research to our community, wherever they may be. We promote Jefferson Hall as the central place of multi-disciplinary and collaborative scholarly engagement for West Point and the Army. We pursue excellence in all that we do.

Functions

  1. Partners with faculty and staff to equip cadets with the information fluency skills to conduct meaningful scholarship while becoming life-long learners, critical thinkers, and effective leaders.
  2. Acquires and maintains outstanding academic information resources designed to support the curriculum.
  3. Offers a collaborative, engaging place for scholarship and study.
  4. Advances the role of scholarship and research within the Academy and the Army.
  5. Shares the story and history of West Point and the Academy with the world.
  6. Develops and grows leaders in academic information service.
  7. Collaborates and builds relationships with our peers locally, nationally, and internationally.

6-10.1. Administration

Functions

  1. Ensures overall performance of the USMA Library to meet operational and future needs of the U.S. Military Academy.
  2. Provides strategic frameworks for delivering academic information support now and in future in support of the U.S. Military Academy mission.
  3. Enhances information literacy initiatives within the curriculum.
  4. Fosters a positive work environment and command climate within the library.
  5. Builds a team of staff engaged with the missions of USMA Library and the U.S. Military Academy.
  6. Ensures financial oversight of appropriated and gift funds to support library operations.
  7. Works with donors in partnership with DAA and AOG in accepting gifts to the USMA Library on behalf of the Superintendent.
  8. Provides assessment of academic information support operations.
  9. Maintains all resource budgets, allocations, approvals, and management for the USMA Library.
  10. Coordinates all communications, both external and internal.
  11. Coordinates all official visitors, tours, and regular and special use of Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center.
  12. Coordinates all civilian personnel administrative actions and management.
  13. Coordinates all emergency response planning and execution.
  14. Serves as office supporting the Purchasing and Contracting Officer Representative for purchasing and negotiating contracts.
  15. Maintains the property book for the USMA Library.
  16. Procures equipment (expendable and non-expendable), supplies, forms, etc.
  17. Develops, and maintains an active assessment program for library services and programs in support of the U.S. Military Academy mission. Prepares assessment analysis for use within the library and the Office of the Dean to improve and evolve library services and programs.

6-10.2 Access Services Division

Functions

  1. Enables and maintains access to a wide variety of information resources in all formats, from external as well as internal sources, to support cadet and faculty study and research.
  2. Guides patrons in order to locate materials in the library using various finding aids and catalogs.
  3. Plans and supervises services for book reserves, circulation operations and interlibrary loan.
  4. Maintains books, periodicals, audiovisual, microfilm collections and government documents in the open stack areas, assuring their proper arrangement, access and security
  5. Coordinates with other library divisions on facility renovation and requirements.

6-10.3. Information Gateway Division

Functions

  1. Works with faculty to design and promote information literacy initiatives within the curriculum.
  2. Instructs cadets and others in the use of library services and resources; coordinates with academic departments in planning and providing relevant library instruction.
  3. Recommends, in conjunction with faculty and Materials Processing Division, selection of materials, including monographs, journals and other digital or multimedia materials to support academic curriculum.
  4. Plans and supervises services for Government Documents.

6-10.4. Materials Processing Division

Functions

  1. Coordinates the collection development program, working in conjunction with other library division and academic departments and centers.
  2. Identifies, acquires, organizes, describes, and marks resources for inclusion in the library’s collections.
  3. Maintains associated acquisition, cataloging, and inventory records in the library’s automated systems as well as corresponding regional and national databases.
  4. Withdraws superseded, worn out, or discontinued resources from the collections and updates corresponding records.
  5. Obtains commercial binding services for preservation and repair of print resources. Performs simple repairs of damaged materials.
  6. Participates in digitization programs, working in conjunction with other library divisions and academic departments and centers.

6-10.5. Systems Management Division

Functions

  1. Provides network, hardware, and software support and training required in delivering library services on a 24-hour, 7-day per week basis and in enabling organizational internal functioning.
  2. Designs, develops, and maintains a standardized, professional-looking and functioning library web presence and suite of digital library services.
  3. Provides critical information technology support that enables the library to provide seamless electronic access to information sources and remote reference service.
  4. Provides support for the digitization of library information resource materials.
  5. Provides support and helps deliver multimedia support services.
  6. Automates external patron services and internal library processes.
  7. Support the development and delivery of courseware materials to enhance the U.S. Military Academy curriculum.
  8. Determines, coordinates, and obtains necessary information technology (IT) support for the library through the creation and execution of Service Level Agreements with IT shared service providers.

6-10.6. Special Collections and Archives Division

Functions

  1. Acquires, arranges, describes and services official and unofficial historical records, manuscripts, books and other materials within the scope of archives and special collections under the technical standards of the National Archives and Records Administration, Department of the Army, and relevant professional bodies.
  2. Researches and responds to inquiries and hosts patrons studying West Point, the United States Military Academy and its graduates, and related historical matters.
  3. Uses historical materials to educate cadets and promote interest in West Point and the United States Military Academy.
  4. Furnishes digital facsimiles in association with research use and works to develop a permanent digital library of historical materials.
  5. Ensures that holdings are properly accessioned, cataloged, maintained and secured to provide both access and preservation.
  6. Coordinates with National Archives, DPTMS records management staff and other U.S. Military Academy offices to ensure that records are properly managed.
  7. Develops and enhances collections through work with alumni, donors, and West Point staff.

USMA Library Events

The events below will likely affect USMA Library and Jefferson Hall operations in the coming week.

Date USMA O/DEAN USMA Library Jefferson Hall Hours
Friday
22 Feb 2013
Week in Review  African American Arts Forum 0700-2100
Saturday
23 Feb 2013
100th Night 0700-2100
Sunday
24 Feb 2013
1100-2100
Monday
25 Feb 2013
 Opera Forum 0700-2245
Tuesday
26 Feb 2013
Division Heads  Corbin Forum 0700-2245
Wednesday
27 Feb 2013
Kermit Roosevelt Lecture  Library Committee 0700-2245
Thursday
28 Feb 2013
GEN (R) Schwarzkopf Funeral  Dean’s Staff Meeting West Point Model UN Invitational 0700-2245
Friday
1 Mar 2013
Week in Review West Point Model UN Invitational 0700-2100

USMA Library Metrics

USMA Library tracks a number of key statistics to measure service levels. These are their stories …

21JAN-27JAN 28JAN-3FEB 4FEB-10FEB 11FEB-17FEB
Access Services
Items Charged Out 620 719 1,589 1,340
Gate Count 5,871 7,008 6,750 5,642
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 1 2 4 2
Events/Meetings Attended 14 17 17 15
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 11 45 80 101
Library Instruction Sessions 6 6 0 3
Cadets Attending Sessions 208 106 0 5
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 52 155 151 1,204
Items Added – Digital 0 115 3,136 0
Items Added – GovDocs 9 84 52 9
Items Added – Other 0 45 0 201
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 113 214 100 79
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 42 56 49 52
Research Visits < 1 hour 8 17 8 12
Research Visits < 1 day 2 5 5 8
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 1 0
Instruction Sessions 2 4 0 1
Cadets Taught 20 50 0 4
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 1,712 2,068 2,518 2,963
LibGuides Visits 516 625 846 986
Digital Collections Visits 92 133 149 181
Facebook Visits 10 15 34 13
Public Printer Prints 13,781 14,687 0 0
Public Printer Copies 342 750 23 5
Public Printer Scans 28 85 93 76

USMA Library Radar

Brief status updates on current and planned library initiatives. ★ indicates a 2012-13 objective.

Access Services
★ Communication Channels Weekly articles now publishing Assigned 31-Mar-13
★ JH 2nd Floor Review Preliminary Report Complete Assigned 30-Apr-13
Administration
ALSC Metrics Design Working on proof of concept Active 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design Preparing design for contractor Paused 31-May-13
Guide to Event Planning Reworking into digital product Paused 31-May-13
★ New Employee On-Boarding Next step is review Assigned 31-May-13
Windowshade Repair Haig repair partially complete Waiting 31-May-13
Library Parking Space Awaiting DES Waiting 31-May-13
★ Gift SOP Planned 31-May-13
★ USMPS Preparing comparative scan Assigned 31-May-13
★ Gift / Needs Statements Planned 31-May-13
ConnectNY Annual Meeting Request forwarded to SJA Waiting 10-Jun-13
★ Mobile Infrastructure Waiting for Airwatch system Waiting 31-Aug-13
Fires of Hate Exhibit Dates selected for Apr-Jun 2014 Planned 15-Jan-14
Information Gateway
★ Evening Skills Clinics Underway … revisiting marketing Assigned 31-May-13
★ LibGuide Review Planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Embedded Liaisons Department work underway Assigned 31-May-13
IGD GS-09/11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
★ Academic Support Statements Statement work underway Assigned 31-Jul-13
Materials Processing
★ Collection Inventory SOP Planned 28-Feb-13
★ Gov Docs Review Assigned 30-Apr-13
Withdrawal Policy Planned 31-May-13
★ CTC Digital Collections On hold pending repository Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
Special Collections and Archives
★ Ring Case Biographies Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ WP Authors Reception Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Fee-For-Service Planned 31-May-13
★ Library History Exhibit Planned 31-May-13
SC&AD GS-06 Recruitment PD being drafted Assigned 31-May-13
Bartlett Hall Move Re-awaiting funding Assigned 30-Jun-13
Systems Management
★ Discovery Layer Vendor responses received Assigned 01-Mar-13
SMD GS-06 Recruitment Awaiting external announcement Waiting 01-Mar-13
★ Institutional Repository Planned 30-Apr-13
★ Security System Review Planned 30-Jun-13
★ Public Website Redesign Review of functionality underway Active 30-Jun-13

Food for Thought

A few quotations from the past week about libraries, information, technology, and the future

  • “In Professor McKenzie’s view, for instance, uninformed or superfluous responses to the questions posed in the discussion forums hobbled the serious students in their learning,” said Mr. Matkin in an e-mail. Irvine officials, however, “felt that the course was very strong and well designed,” he said, “and that it would, indeed, meet the learning objectives of the large audience, including both those interested only in dipping into the subject and those who were seriously committed” to completing the course. Ms. Koller said that teaching a MOOC “can, indeed, be a challenge to deal with for someone used to the much more uniform population of a typical university setting.” At least 37,000 people had registered for the course, according to Mr. McKenzie, although the professor noted in a post on the course’s “announcements” page that “fewer than 2 percent have been actively engaged in discussions.” – Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “edX announced today that it is officially expanding its reach from North America to Europe and Asia by doubling the number of its member institutions and will be adding a handful of new courses to its roster. The platform’s international expansion adds six new institutions to the organization’s so-called “X University Consortium,” including Australian National University, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada and Rice University in the U.S. The expansion will enable edX “to better achieve its mission of providing a world-class education for everyone, everywhere,” Agarwal said, and is a natural evolution as the organization looks to beef up support for its increasingly international student body. The institutions will each offer courses in their respective areas of expertise, as Delft University (the oldest technical institution in the Netherlands) will feature “Introduction to Aerospace Engineering” and “Water Treatment Engineering” and the University of Toronto will offer a number of engineering, biology and businesses courses, for example.” – Online Learning Platform, edX, Goes International With The Addition Of Six New Schools | TechCrunch
  • “What’s most revealing about this study is that, like earlier research, it suggests that students’ preference for printed textbooks is reflects the real pedagogical advantages they experience in using the format: fewer distractions, deeper engagement, better comprehension and retention, and greater flexibility to accommodating idiosyncratic study habits. Electronic textbooks will certainly get better, and will certainly have advantages of their own, but they won’t replicate the particular advantages inherent to the tangible form of the printed book.” – Students to e-textbooks: no thanks | ROUGH TYPE
  • “We have found no evidence that Google’s policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy,” the RIAA said in a statement. “These sites consistently appear at the top of Google’s search results for popular songs or artists.” – RIAA says Google’s attempts to fight piracy in search results are ineffective | The Verge
  • “Overall, the online format had a significantly negative relationship with both course persistence and course grade, indicating that the typical student had difficulty adapting to online courses,” writes Di Xu and Shanna Smith Jaggars of Columbia University. “Specifically, we found that males, black students, and students with lower levels of academic preparation experienced significantly stronger negative coefficients for online learning compared with their counterparts, in terms of both course persistence and course grades.” – Study: Online Courses May Be The Worst For Minorities And At-Risk Students | TechCrunch

Week in Review – 15 February 2013

Library Funding/Resource Update

We have some good news to report this week in our efforts to get funding for a number of library contracts that were left in limbo with our quick transition to our current “no-spend” posture. We now anticipate that we will be able to fund the following contracts:

  • Innovative (Millennium)
  • OCLC (includes CONTENTdm)
  • MathnetBase, Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Chemical Encyclopedias (via Taylor & Francis)
  • JSTOR
  • Science and Technology Library & Social Science and Humanities Library, (several hundred online journals in both packages)
  • Mathscinet (reviews and abstracts of much of the mathematical sciences literature)
  • American Periodical Series (APS) (several hundred early American through 20th century – online journal titles)
  • Statistical Abstract of the US – online edition.
  • Social & Cultural History Online (Alexander Street Press)
  • Middle East and Islamic Encyclopedias (Brill)
  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts)
  • Most of our ASME Journals

We will also be looking to execute a four month contract for the American Physical Society journals which will give us access through April.

Currently unfunded are our American Institute of Physics journals and our collection of ebooks from ebrary. We will make some final decisions on how to approach those materials next week. We will be working to ensure that our database list through LibGuides is as accurate as possible with regard to services. If you experience issues with any services, please notify David in MPD or Melinda in Admin so that we can investigate.

Website Feedback Sought

If there were three things you could change right now about our web presence, what would those three things be? Our team looking at our site would like to have your input, so please send your ideas to me over the next week. We’re looking for those things (little or big) that you think would significantly improve usability, both for yourself and our users. Don’t be shy!

USMA Library Events

The events below will likely affect USMA Library and Jefferson Hall operations in the coming week.

Date USMA O/DEAN USMA Library Jefferson Hall Hours
Friday
15 Feb 2013
Week in Review 0700-2100
Saturday
16 Feb 2013
0900-1700
Sunday
17 Feb 2013
1300-2100
Monday
18 Feb 2013
Presidents Day 1300-2245
Tuesday
19 Feb 2013
Division Heads 0700-2245
Wednesday
20 Feb 2013
Dean’s
Staff
Meeting
0700-2245
Thursday
21 Feb 2013
How to Use Outlook SCPME 50-Year Affiliation Visit / PY201 Lecture 0700-2245
Friday
22 Feb 2013
Week in Review African American Arts Forum 0700-2100

USMA Library Metrics

USMA Library tracks a number of key statistics to measure service levels. These are their stories …

  14JAN-20JAN 21JAN-27JAN 28JAN-3FEB 4FEB-10FEB
Access Services
Items Charged Out 542 620 719 1,589
Gate Count 5,294 5,871 7,008 6,750
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 0 0
Significant Events Hosted 1 1 2 4
Events/Meetings Attended 14 14 17 17
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 16 11 45 80
Library Instruction Sessions 4 6 6 0
Cadets Attending Sessions 194 208 106 0
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 393 52 155 151
Items Added – Digital 0 0 115 3,136
Items Added – GovDocs 0 9 84 52
Items Added – Other 249 0 45 0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 104 113 214 100
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 53 42 56 49
Research Visits < 1 hour 12 8 17 8
Research Visits < 1 day 2 2 5 5
Research Visits > 1 day 1 0 0 1
Instruction Sessions 0 2 4 0
Cadets Taught 0 20 50 0
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 1,742 1,712 2,068 2,518
LibGuides Visits 649 516 625 846
Digital Collections Visits 106 92 133 149
Facebook Visits 100 10 15 34
Public Printer Prints 15,285 13,781 14,687 0
Public Printer Copies 824 342 750 23
Public Printer Scans 135 28 85 93

USMA Library Radar

Brief status updates on current and planned library initiatives. ★ indicates a 2012-13 objective.

Access Services
★ Communication Channels Weekly articles now publishing Assigned 31-Mar-13
★ JH 2nd Floor Review Preliminary Report: 15 February Assigned 30-Apr-13
Administration
ALSC Metrics Design Working on proof of concept Active 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design Preparing design for contractor Paused 31-May-13
Guide to Event Planning Reworking into digital product Paused 31-May-13
★ New Employee On-Boarding Next step is review Assigned 31-May-13
Windowshade Repair Haig repair partially complete Waiting 31-May-13
Library Parking Space Awaiting DES Waiting 31-May-13
★ Gift SOP Planned 31-May-13
★ USMPS Preparing comparative scan Assigned 31-May-13
★ Gift / Needs Statements Planned 31-May-13
ConnectNY Annual Meeting Request forwarded to SJA Waiting 10-Jun-13
★ Mobile Infrastructure Waiting for Airwatch system Waiting 31-Aug-13
Fires of Hate Exhibit Dates selected for Apr-Jun 2014 Planned 15-Jan-14
Information Gateway
★ Evening Skills Clinics Underway … revisiting marketing Assigned 31-May-13
★ LibGuide Review Planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Embedded Liaisons Department work underway Assigned 31-May-13
IGD GS-09/11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
★ Academic Support Statements Statement work underway Assigned 31-Jul-13
Materials Processing
★ Collection Inventory SOP Planned 28-Feb-13
★ Gov Docs Review Assigned 30-Apr-13
Withdrawal Policy Planned 31-May-13
★ CTC Digital Collections On hold pending repository Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
Special Collections and Archives
★ Ring Case Biographies  Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ WP Authors Reception  Initial planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Fee-For-Service Planned 31-May-13
★ Library History Exhibit Planned 31-May-13
SC&AD GS-06 Recruitment PD being drafted Assigned 31-May-13
Bartlett Hall Move Re-awaiting funding Assigned 30-Jun-13
Systems Management
★ Discovery Layer Vendor responses received Assigned 01-Mar-13
SMD GS-06 Recruitment Awaiting external announcement Waiting 01-Mar-13
★ Institutional Repository Planned 30-Apr-13
★ Security System Review Planned 30-Jun-13
★ Public Website Redesign Review of functionality underway Active 30-Jun-13

Food for Thought

A few quotations from the past week about libraries, information, technology, and the future

  • “But students nowadays who try to work their way through college without parental support or loans face a financial challenge of a different order than the one that Ms. Foxx, 69, confronted as a University of North Carolina undergraduate more than 40 years ago. Today, a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State, the largest university in her district, can easily cost $80,000 for a state resident, including tuition, room, board and other costs. Back in her day, the total was about $550 a year. Even with inflation, that would translate to just over $4,000 for each year it takes to earn a degree.” – College Costs, Battled a Paycheck at a Time – NYTimes.com
  • “Perhaps most disruptive of all, the University of Wisconsin is offering a fully legitimate college degree without any class time required. So long as students can pass some tests (and pay the associated costs), they can learn from anywhere in the world. To give readers a sense of how abrupt this change is, online education pioneer and founder of the YouTube-based learning website Khan Academy, Sal Khan, opined about a test-based college degree at Aspen Institute’s big-think Ideas Festival two years ago. No one, even those on the cutting edge of digital education, considered that they were talking about the very near future.” – Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch
  • “Ask yourself this: in all your years online, how many sites and services have you joined… then left behind as the next big thing came along? Do you remember what you posted on that music forum in 2004? Or which services you tried for webmail before Gmail? We’re only human, so it’s natural that we forget these services as we move on to new and better ones. The problem is, they don’t forget us. And just like a drunken Friday night photo, that data can end up in places you never intended it to go.” – Can you erase yourself from the internet? | Analysis | Features | PC Pro
  • “You know, Harvard Business School doesn’t teach accounting anymore, because there’s a guy out of BYU whose online accounting course is so good. He is extraordinary, and our accounting faculty, on average, is average. Some [universities] will survive. Most will evolve hybrid models, in which universities license some courses from an online provider like Coursera but then provide more-specialized courses in person.” – Clay Christensen: First the media gets disrupted, then comes the education industry — Tech News and Analysis
  • “It takes a very narrow focus on the whole idea of how one chooses a college and what one should consider,” said W. Kent Barnds, vice president for enrollment, communications and planning at Augustana College, in Illinois. “The criteria the scorecards rank colleges on, it dismisses some of the reasons students go to college in the first place, some of the reasons we exist.” – White House’s new scorecard oversimplifies institutions, liberal arts advocates say | Inside Higher Ed
  • “While the Internet makes it easier to share opinions in writing, it also makes it harder for a publisher to sue its way toward a good reputation, because once word gets out, any number of librarians and scholars confirm in writing, loudly, exactly what the defendant in the suit is being sued for saying,” she said. “The number of librarians who will never buy a book published by Mellen and the number of scholars who will avoid ever signing a contract with them went up enormously as a result of their nuisance suit. This is not a business plan I would recommend to publishers.” – Another publisher accuses a librarian of libel | Inside Higher Ed
  • “Some will claim that these reforms will hamper artists. But these are the rules that gave us the music of Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Motown. The rules that governed the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wallace Stevens and Zora Neale Huston. The rules that protected the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell and Jackson Pollock. They are the rules that produced “Casablanca,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Trek” and “I Love Lucy.”” – Amazing alternative SOTU address calling for a return to the 28+28 copyright term and registration requirement, from Virginia Postrel.
  • “The economic realities of academic publishing, coupled with exciting interpretive and methodological possibilities inherent in new media and digital humanities, mean that the day of the dissertation as a narrowly focused proto-book are nearly over,” Bethany Nowviskie, director of digital research and scholarship at the University of Virginia Library, said in an e-mail. While such efforts to modernize and digitize the dissertation are good, they do not go far enough to revamp doctoral education, many scholars say. To reduce time to degree and make other key improvements, they argue, broader changes in need to be considered. “You can’t separate the dissertation from its context,” says William Kelly, president of ­CUNY’s Graduate Center. “We need to look at the degree as a whole and be student-centered.” – The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended – Graduate Students – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “As education expert Richard Gerver recommends, students would be better off if the adults in charge spent some time examining our “deepest beliefs about the purpose of education and the value of the experiences schools can provide.” We must “imagine a world in which anything is possible—in which every school could design and support programs, activities, and experiences that honor these hopes and beliefs, and provide for children what you value about all else.” That is a far more inspiring call to action than transforming schools so kids can get a job in the tech economy—and it’s what our children deserve.” – Psst, President Obama: Our Students Aren’t All Future Tech Workers | Education on GOOD

Week in Review – 8 February 2013

Have Examples of Good Library Web Design/Delivery?

As we continue to begin discussions about our public website, we’re interested in identifying features, functions, designs, or anything else that seems to be effective and useful on other sites. If you have thoughts, please send them along. Inspiration does not need to necessarily come from other library websites. Many of the transactions we service are similar to other types of activity on the web, so a wide net is fine.

One of the biggest challenges we will be seeking to address is a fully functional and deep tool that can provide a very broad array of services, yet is very simple to use. Simplicity is always much, much harder to achieve than complexity. We would like to be innovative yet practical with as simple an approach as we can find.

Jefferson Hall Hosts Equipment for Light Study

Several faculty and cadets at West Point are now working with a team from Rockefeller University led by Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr. Paul Greengard to study the role of a depression-related protein in the blood (p11) and its relation to Seasonal Affective Disorder. This research is designed to support efforts to better understand and respond to depression in the Army. It is hoped that the study could lead to a physiological marker for help in diagnosing depression or PTSD. In support of the project, Jefferson Hall is now hosting two data collection units that measure light levels on an ongoing basis. One is measuring interior light on the second floor, while a second unit has been placed on the roof with an unobstructed view of the sun to be able to measure the full amount of available sunlight each day.

Dean’s Brief to Staff and Faculty

The Dean’s spring brief to staff and faculty will take place on 14 February from 1250-1345 in Robinson Auditorium. Those attending are asked to be seated NLT 1245. Attendance is required for all GS-07 and above, and highly recommended for other staff.

USMA Library Events

The events below will likely affect USMA Library and Jefferson Hall operations in the coming week.

Date USMA O/DEAN USMA Library Jefferson Hall Hours
Friday
  8 Feb 2013
 Week in Review  Admissions Briefing / Faculty Leader Development 0700-2100
Saturday
  9 Feb 2013
Faculty Leadership Development 0700-2100
Sunday
  10 Feb 2013
 Faculty Leadership Development 1100-2245
Monday
11 Feb 2013
Opera Forum 0700-2245
Tuesday
12 Feb 2013
 Division Heads Dean’s Offsite Meeting 0700-2245
Wednesday
13 Feb 2013
 Dean’s
Staff
Meeting
0700-2245
Thursday
14 Feb 2013
Dean’s Brief to Faculty and Staff  Walter Read Lecture 0700-2245
Friday
  15 Feb 2013
 Week in Review 0700-2100

USMA Library Metrics

USMA Library tracks a number of key statistics to measure service levels. These are their stories …

December January
17-23 24-30 31-6 7-13 14-20 21-27 28-3
Access Services
Items Charged Out 224 41 331 526  542  620
Gate Count 9,902 N/A 9,406 5,815  5,294  5,871
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 1 0  0  0  0
Significant Events Hosted 0 0 0 1  1  1  2
Events/Meetings Attended 14 0 1 18  14  14  17
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 4 0 10 21  16  11  45
Library Instruction Sessions 0 0 0 2  4  6  6
Cadets Attending Sessions 0 0 0 47  194  208  106
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 409 180  393  52  155
Items Added – Digital 0 805  0  0  115
Items Added – GovDocs 0 71  0  9  84
Items Added – Other 183 5  249  0  45
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 480 116  104  113  214
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 14 10 16 33  53  42  56
Research Visits < 1 hour 0 0 3 3  12  8  17
Research Visits < 1 day 0 0 0 0  2  2  5
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 0 0  1  0  0
Instruction Sessions 0 0 1 0  0  2  4
Cadets Taught 0 0 4 0  0  20  50
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 854 1,598  1,742  1,712  2,068
LibGuides Visits 182 456  649  516  625
Digital Collections Visits 121 114  106  92  133
Facebook Visits 5 18  100  10  15
Public Printer Prints 15,810 70,368  15,285  13,781  14,687
Public Printer Copies 1,274 1,161  824  342  750
Public Printer Scans 510 175  135  28  85

USMA Library Radar

Brief status updates on current and planned library initiatives. ★ indicates a 2012-13 objective.

Access Services
★ Communication Channels Weekly articles now publishing Assigned 31-Mar-13
★ JH 2nd Floor Review Preliminary Report: 15 February Assigned 30-Apr-13
Administration
ALSC Metrics Design Working on proof of concept Active 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design Preparing design for contractor Paused 31-May-13
Guide to Event Planning Reworking into digital product Paused 31-May-13
★ New Employee On-Boarding Next step is review Assigned 31-May-13
Windowshade Repair Haig repair partially complete Waiting 31-May-13
Library Parking Space Awaiting DES Waiting 31-May-13
★ Gift SOP Planned 31-May-13
★ USMPS Preparing comparative scan Assigned 31-May-13
★ Gift / Needs Statements Planned 31-May-13
ConnectNY Annual Meeting Request forwarded to SJA Active 10-Jun-13
★ Mobile Infrastructure Waiting for Airwatch system Waiting 31-Aug-13
Fires of Hate Exhibit Dates selected for Apr-Jun 2014 Planned 15-Jan-14
Information Gateway
★ Evening Skills Clinics Underway … revisiting marketing Assigned 31-May-13
★ LibGuide Review Planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Embedded Liaisons Department work underway Assigned 31-May-13
IGD GS-09/11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
★ Academic Support Statements Statement work underway Assigned 31-Jul-13
Materials Processing
★ Collection Inventory SOP Planned 28-Feb-13
★ Gov Docs Review Assigned 30-Apr-13
Withdrawal Policy Planned 31-May-13
★ CTC Digital Collections On hold pending repository Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
Special Collections and Archives
★ Ring Case Biographies Planned 31-May-13
★ WP Authors Reception Planned 31-May-13
★ Fee-For-Service Planned 31-May-13
★ Library History Exhibit Planned 31-May-13
SC&AD GS-06 Recruitment PD being drafted Assigned 31-May-13
Bartlett Hall Move Re-awaiting funding Assigned 30-Jun-13
Systems Management
★ Discovery Layer Vendor responses received Assigned 01-Mar-13
SMD GS-06 Recruitment Awaiting external announcement Waiting 01-Mar-13
★ Institutional Repository Planned 30-Apr-13
★ Security System Review Planned 30-Jun-13
★ Public Website Redesign Review of functionality underway Active 30-Jun-13

Food for Thought

A few quotations from the past week about libraries, information, technology, and the future.

  • “Works created by employees and/or students specifically for use by the Prince George’s County Public Schools or a specific school or department within PGCPS, are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee’s or student’s time and with the use of their materials,” the policy reads. “Further, works created during school/work hours, with the use of school system materials, and within the scope of an employee’s position or student’s classroom work assignment(s) are the properties of the Board of Education.” – One Washington School District Is Trying to Copyright Homework – National – The Atlantic Wire
  • “This situation is as if McDonald’s decided it did not approve of the way some of its customers ate their burgers, sued them for violating a law that left open the possibility that the way the customers were eating their burgers was perfectly fine, and instead of letting the usual court processes decide the disagreement, the government decided that they should help McDonald’s make their customers eat the way McDonald’s wants them to.” – What is the government’s interest in copyright? Not that of the public.
  • “Framing the debate about the costs of higher education solely in terms of what it costs students to go to college is the wrong way to go about fixing the problem. The debate instead should be framed in terms of value received. How much value do students, as producers and as consumers, receive for the dollars spent? Is education at a prestigious private college worth several times the cost of education at a not-very-prestigious public college? Let the student (and his or her parents) decide the costs and benefits, much as they do with lip balm, cars, and watches. As long as an institution appeals to some marketplace segment, provides value, and watches its finances, it will do just fine.” – The End Is Not Nigh for Colleges – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “There was a time barely a generation ago when Barnes & Noble seemed to be becoming too powerful, with its superstores and the since-shuttered Dalton mall chain dominating the industry. Now, as Petri writes, there is a sense that Barnes & Noble is in a struggle, and the fate of the brick and mortar stores are in the balance. “Just stop closing the bookstores,” she appealed, “You have something special! Don’t throw away your birthright in this frenzied dash after the thin pottage of the eBook market.” In a way, it is a tribute to books that how they are sold—even when it is by a big, publicly traded chain—can arouse emotions. Those once choc-a-bloc bookshelves and lively aisles in Union Station and elsewhere will be genuinely missed.” – The Endangered Fate of Barnes & Noble – Peter Osnos – The Atlantic
  • “As a publisher, I don’t want to think, OK, I’m pushing out to iOS with some set of rules, and now we have to redesign something and push out another app for Android. You just want one place to build and send your article, send your data, and have it look great on all platforms. That’s the dream. We’ll be there, soon.” – What is a book in the age of the iPad? An interview with Craig Mod | The Verge
  • “When there was no power during Sandy, people had to decide (for the first time in a long time) if a song on their phone was worth listening to. Was it battery worthy? That’s the analysis that informs the connection economy—is it worth interrupting this person? Is my next action going to build a relationship or take from it? Am I earning trust or burning trust?” – Seth’s Blog: Scarcity and abundance in the digital age
  • “A professional librarian at McMaster University’s library complained, in a 2010 blog-post, that [Edwin] Mellen [Press] was a poor publisher with a weak list of low-quality books, scarcely edited, cheaply produced, but at exorbitant prices. Librarians are expert at making such judgments; that’s what universities pay them to do. And the post made a key point about the public interest: ‘in a time when libraries cannot purchase so much of the first-class scholarship, there is simply no reason to support such ventures.’ No one likes bad reviews; but Mellen’s approach is not to disprove the assessment, pledge to improve its quality, or reconsider its business-model. It is to slam McMaster University and its librarian with a three million dollar lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court, alleging libel and claiming massive aggravated and exemplary damages. The matter is pending.” – Edwin Mellen Press Suing a Librarian? | Academic Librarian: On Libraries, Rhetoric, Poetry, History, & Moral Philosophy
  • “Eventually Google will understand why users are searching for information and provide them with answers they didn’t even know they needed. The education of such an omnipotent new mind will take the vast stores of Google’s database” – Google’s New Director Of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, Is Building Your ‘Cybernetic Friend’

Image of the Week

from Should Libraries Shush? published by Pew Internet.

Week in Review – 1 February 2013

Library Communications Team Forming

A number of our organizational objectives for the 2012-13 academic year involve more effective means of communication, both in terms of the tools and interfaces we use, and the messages we send. We will be gathering together a small team to help coordinate this work going forward. Here is a brief summary of the purpose of this team:

This cross-divisional team coordinates the design and support of tools to deliver library services and information to our local and worldwide constituents. Specific areas of focus include: 1) digital resources hosted by the USMA Library including our website, blog, catalog, digital signage, and digital collections; 2) use of third-party social media resources including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, etc.; and 3) print resources produced by the USMA Library including brochures, flyers, and reports. The team includes a rotating membership from across divisions with participants generally serving up to one year.

I will be pulling together an initial group of staff to start work next week and will continue as the team leader. As noted, this group will be designed to have rotating appointments as it is and will be important to give everyone a closer view of the work of how we deliver our services and resources as well as how we tell our story. We will also share out the work and conversations of the group as we go along.

The large initial project to tackle will be facilitating conversations about our primary website. We plan to migrate the site to the SharePoint platform currently supporting usma.edu, and in the process will review the functional layout and design. We hope to be able to retire the current site at the end of this academic year. We also have objectives looking at expanding our blog content and to look at better delivery of digital messages in the library through digital signage. Better use of social media is also in the works.

Stay tuned for more information about this in the next few weeks and months and thank you for your thoughts and comments as we move forward.

Library Resource Adjustments

Due to ongoing assessment of our budget projections, we will be making some additional adjustments to our resource holdings by ending subscriptions to the following items:

  • Gale Contemporary Authors / Gale Contemporary Criticism — This is a very low use item for us, though is an important source in literature.
  • ASME Digital Collection — We are dropping the package and intending to pick up individual subscriptions to the following titles: Journal of Heat Transfer, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, and Journal of Energy Resources Technology. This list was determined based on actual use. Other titles will continue to remain available via ILL.
  • Radiation Protection Dosimetry (Oxford Press) — This is a journal title that is more cost-effective to access through ILL.

USMA Library Events

The events below will likely affect USMA Library and Jefferson Hall operations in the coming week.

Date USMA O/DEAN USMA Library Jefferson Hall Hours
Friday
  1 Feb 2013
 Week in Review 0700-2100
Saturday
  2 Feb 2013
Yearling Winter Weekend 0700-2100
Sunday
  3 Feb 2013
1100-2245
Monday
4 Feb 2013
0700-2245
Tuesday
5 Feb 2013
 Senior Leader Development Panel  Division Heads Senior Leader Development Panel 0700-2245
Wednesday
6 Feb 2013
Senior Leader Development Panel  Dean’s
Staff
Meeting
0700-2245
Thursday
7 Feb 2013
Senior Leader Development Panel  Dean’s Staff Meeting  All Library Staff Meeting 0700-2245
Friday
  8 Feb 2013
 Week in Review  Admissions Briefing / Faculty Leader Development 0700-2100

USMA Library Metrics

USMA Library tracks a number of key statistics to measure service levels. These are their stories …

December January
17-23 24-30 31-6 7-13 14-20 21-27 28-3
Access Services
Items Charged Out 224 41 331 526  542  620
Gate Count 9,902 N/A 9,406 5,815  5,294  5,871
Administrative Services
DV Tours 0 0 1 0  0  0
Significant Events Hosted 0 0 0 1  1  1
Events/Meetings Attended 14 0 1 18  14  14
Information Gateway
Reference Questions 4 0 10 21  16  11
Library Instruction Sessions 0 0 0 2  4  6
Cadets Attending Sessions 0 0 0 47  194  208
Materials Processing
Items Added – Books 409 180  393  52
Items Added – Digital 0 805  0  0
Items Added – GovDocs 0 71  0  9
Items Added – Other 183 5  249  0
Continuing Resource Check-Ins 480 116  104  113
Special Collections & Archives
Reference Inquiries 14 10 16 33  53  42
Research Visits < 1 hour 0 0 3 3  12  8
Research Visits < 1 day 0 0 0 0  2  2
Research Visits > 1 day 0 0 0 0  1  0
Instruction Sessions 0 0 1 0  0  2
Cadets Taught 0 0 4 0  0  20
Systems Management
Library Home Page Visits 854 1,598  1,742  1,712
LibGuides Visits 182 456  649  516
Digital Collections Visits 121 114  106  92
Facebook Visits 5 18  100  10
Public Printer Prints 15,810 70,368  15,285  13,781
Public Printer Copies 1,274 1,161  824  342
Public Printer Scans 510 175  135  28

USMA Library Radar

Brief status updates on current and planned library initiatives. ★ indicates a 2012-13 objective.

Access Services
★ Communication Channels Weekly articles now publishing Assigned 31-Mar-13
★ JH 2nd Floor Review Preliminary Report: 15 February Assigned 30-Apr-13
Administration
ALSC Metrics Design Working on proof of concept Active 01-Feb-13
JH Security System Design Preparing design for contractor Paused 31-May-13
Guide to Event Planning Document preparation paused Paused 31-May-13
★ New Employee On-Boarding Next step is review Assigned 31-May-13
Windowshade Repair Haig repair partially complete Waiting 31-May-13
Library Parking Space Awaiting DES Waiting 31-May-13
★ Gift SOP Planned 31-May-13
★ USMPS Preparing comparative scan Assigned 31-May-13
★ Gift / Needs Statements Planned 31-May-13
ConnectNY Annual Meeting Request forwarded to SJA Active 10-Jun-13
★ Mobile Infrastructure  Waiting for Airwatch system Waiting 31-Aug-13
Fires of Hate Exhibit Dates selected for Apr-Jun 2014 Planned 15-Jan-14
Information Gateway
★ Evening Skills Clinics Underway … revisiting marketing Assigned 31-May-13
★ LibGuide Review Planning underway Assigned 31-May-13
★ Embedded Liaisons Department work underway Assigned 31-May-13
IGD GS-09/11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
★ Academic Support Statements Statement work underway Assigned 31-Jul-13
Materials Processing
★ Collection Inventory SOP Planned 28-Feb-13
★ Gov Docs Review Assigned 30-Apr-13
Withdrawal Policy Planned 31-May-13
★ CTC Digital Collections On hold pending repository Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
MPD GS-11 Recruitment Hiring action at CPAC Waiting 31-May-13
Special Collections and Archives
★ Ring Case Biographies Planned 31-May-13
★ WP Authors Reception Planned 31-May-13
★ Fee-For-Service Planned 31-May-13
★ Library History Exhibit Planned 31-May-13
SC&AD GS-06 Recruitment  PD being drafted Assigned 31-May-13
Bartlett Hall Move Re-awaiting funding Assigned 30-Jun-13
Systems Management
★ Discovery Layer Vendor responses received Assigned 01-Mar-13
SMD GS-06 Recruitment Awaiting external announcement Waiting 01-Mar-13
★ Institutional Repository Planned 30-Apr-13
★ Security System Review Planned 30-Jun-13
★ Public Website Redesign Team forming Active 30-Jun-13

Food for Thought

A few quotations from the past week about libraries, information, technology, and the future.

  • “Defenders of Google say it frees up people’s brains for more important stuff than data entry and retrieval. “Holding in your head information that is easily discoverable on Google will no longer be a sign of intelligence, but a side-show act,” wrote Alex Halavais of the Association of Internet Researchers in that same symposium in response to Carr’s lament. Once your mind is clear of actual facts, goes his argument, you have room for sophisticated analysis and problem-solving.” – Does Continual Googling Really Make You Stupid? | Scientific American
  • “There is little or no indication that innovative pedagogy motivates technological use in the classroom, which sort of flies in the face of how the use of information-based instructional technologies is usually presented,” said David R. Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Georgia and the study’s author. Instead, the report suggests, technology is more often used by professors for managerial reasons, such as to help with the demands of growing class sizes. While Mr. Johnson said most college administrators are not yet requiring professors to use instructional technologies, the pressure of teaching more than 300 students at once, for example, leads faculty members to adopt technology in ways unrelated to improving learning.” – Professors Say Technology Helps in Logistics, Not Learning – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “In 10 years we’ll have 450 to 500 stores.” That would whittle down Barnes & Noble’s brick-and-mortar chain from its current network of 689 stores (and 674 college stores). In order to realize those cuts, the retail giant will have to shut down around 20 stores per year and halt its physical expansion entirely. Klipper says real-world stores won’t all be phased out, but the “handful” that can’t balance their books will be” – Welcome to the End of Barnes & Noble as You Knew It – Business – The Atlantic Wire
  • “In the report, Twitter said that, worldwide, it received 1,858 requests from governments for information about users in 2012, as well as 6,646 reports of copyright violations, and 48 demands from governments that content they deem illegal be removed.” – Twitter gives user data to U.S. 7 times out of 10 | Internet & Media – CNET News
  • “According to a report on the study, “Why Are Recent College Graduates Underemployed? University Enrollments and Labor Market Realities,” out of 41.7 million working college graduates in 2010, 48 percent—more than 20 million people—held jobs that required less than a bachelor’s degree. Thirty-seven percent held jobs that required no more than a high-school diploma.” – Millions of Graduates Hold Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree, Report Says – Finance – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “Downloading a book is no different than downloading music, a movie, or a TV show,” the student says. “It’s easy, and it’s hard to catch. But I’m still pretty ambivalent. On one hand, textbook prices are ridiculous. On the other, buying them won’t bankrupt me. But I feel like if prices were low enough, I would purchase textbooks.” – Students Get Savvier About Textbook Buying, When They Buy at All – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “By 2015, more Americans will access the internet through mobile devices than through desktop computers, according to a prediction by International Data Corporation.” – Uncle Sam Wants You (to Optimize Your Content for Mobile) · An A List Apart Article
  • “North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, said in a radio interview on Tuesday that he would propose legislation to overhaul the way the state supports higher education, to put the emphasis on job creation and not the liberal arts, The Charlotte Observer reported. In a conversation with Bill Bennett, a former U.S. secretary of education who is now a conservative radio host, Mr. McCrory lamented that “some of the educational elite have taken over our education where we are offering courses that have no chance of getting people jobs.” – North Carolina Governor Wants to Tie University Support to Jobs, Not Liberal Arts – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “All of this is not to say that Wikipedia represents nothing new. Certainly its size and the fact that millions upon millions of people have access to and actually use it make it unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and I don’t want to downplay those accomplishments. But it’s hard to discern what is genuinely new about Wikipedia and what falls in line with historical patterns if you only compare it to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Instead, when you place Wikipedia in a longer timeframe, it seems that the historical anomaly was not today’s online collaboration, but the 20th century’s professionalized, bureaucratically produced tomes. In fact, this seems to be true of so many of the Internet’s “innovations”: Blogs look like 18th- and 19th-century publishers more than they do The New York Times or The Washington Post; small crafters selling their wares on Etsy look more like earlier markets than the 20th century’s big chains. We have a tendency to reach for the most recent historical examples as our benchmarks, but when you take a longer view, you see that we haven’t so much as broken with the past as repeated it.” – What If the Great Wikipedia ‘Revolution’ Was Actually a Reversion? – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic
  • “Someone eighteen years old, embarking on an academic career, might well ask: Will this world welcome me, welcome my potential abilities? Or am I being trained for a life on a hamster wheel? Is my value simply the value of a hamster that can run, a bioform for the Matrix to plug into and extract my essence for the benefit of a larger machine? Is this world full of possibilities, is it asking me to contribute, welcoming my contribution, valuing me for the things known and unknown that I may one day be able to contribute? Or am I being wronged from the start, treated as a “customer,” which all too often means, alas, someone to fleece?” – Venture Capital’s Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | The Awl